Mac Jones could soon take reins as Patriots starting QB

LAS VEGAS — A quarterback competitors is creating in Patriots camp, and it’s not going to remain underneath the media radar for lengthy. Sooner or later, rookie Mac Jones will move veteran Cam Newton within the race to be the starter. 

Bill Belichick’s try at a bounce-back 12 months seems to be one of many NFL’s most intriguing storylines, starting with a giant resolution the New England coach may be pressured to make after evaluating his high two quarterbacks in August. 

Jones, the Fifteenth-overall decide within the draft, is taken into account the longer term and the long-term inheritor obvious to Tom Brady. Belichick has named Newton the starter, but when Jones continues to develop within the preseason, his future doubtless will come earlier than initially anticipated. 

The Newton-Jones duel would possibly make the Patriots a bet-on group within the preseason, when quarterback competitions change into a high-priority handicapping angle. 

Mac Jones of the New England Patriots looks for the pass during training camp at Gillette Stadium.
Mac Jones of the New England Patriots appears to be like to move throughout coaching camp at Gillette Stadium.
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“I am high on the Patriots,” stated VSiN analyst Michael Lombardi, a former NFL govt who labored within the New England group from 2014-15. “I think they can win 10 games, and I have faith in Belichick. I know they really like Mac Jones a lot. Will he beat out Cam by Week 1? I don’t know. If they can get anything from the quarterback position, they’re going to be OK.” 

Belichick plans to start out Newton when the Patriots open the preseason Thursday as two-point dwelling underdogs to Washington, however he could play just one or two collection. Jones is the present No. 2, forward of Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham (who had again surgical procedure lately and is predicted to overlook three months). 

The Patriots performed three quarterbacks final season — Newton, Hoyer and Stidham — who mixed for 10 landing passes with 14 interceptions. New England ranked twenty seventh within the league in scoring offense, with 20.4 ppg. 

Jones, who led Alabama to the nationwide championship final season, is a rhythm passer and a great match for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system. Newton is extra of a read-option working risk, so the Patriots primarily function two completely different offenses with Newton and Jones. 

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Cam Newton
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“For me in preseason, I look at the coaches’ interest in winning, offensive lines and quarterbacks,” Lombardi stated. 

Belichick’s group is coming off a 7-9 end, his first shedding season since 2000 and his first common season with fewer than 10 wins since 2002. The BetMGM win complete for the Patriots is 9.5. After beefing up the offensive line and rebuilding the protection, he should discover a solution to the quarterback query and appears prone to put extra emphasis on preseason video games. 

A take a look at among the finest and worst QB rotations heading into the preseason: 

Bet-on groups 

Bears: First-round decide Justin Fields from Ohio State will get a radical audition. Fields’ mobility ought to assist him transfer the ball when the offensive line breaks down, which occurs incessantly when backups play. Andy Dalton is the starter, and former Super Bowl winner Nick Foles is No. 3, until he will get traded. 

Bills: Josh Allen is rising into the elite class as a starter, so his August motion might be restricted. He’s backed up by former Bears starter Mitchell Trubisky, Jake Fromm and Davis Webb, a third-round decide by the Giants in 2017. 

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Josh Allen
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49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo is the starter, however rookie Trey Lance is having a robust camp and the third-overall decide will see in depth enjoying time. Josh Rosen and Nate Sudfeld are skilled backups. 

Jaguars: New coach Urban Meyer plans to play No. 1 decide Trevor Lawrence together with final 12 months’s starter, Gardner Minshew. C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton are stable backups. 

Raiders: Jon Gruden considers himself an knowledgeable quarterback coach and can need to consider Marcus Mariota and Nathan Peterman behind Derek Carr. 

“With Carr and Mariota, the Raiders really have two starters,” VSiN oddsmaker Vinny Magliulo stated. “I think the Raiders are one of the teams in the best shape.” 

Bet-against groups

Bengals: The backup plan to Joe Burrow, who’s coming back from an injury-shortened rookie season, will not be promising: Brandon Allen, Kyle Shurmur and Eric Dungey. 

Lombardi stated, “Who are you going to beat with those guys? A team I think [is] going to be bad is Cincinnati.” 

Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa is adopted by Colts castoff Jacoby Brissett and Reid Sinnett, who went undrafted out of the University of San Diego. 

“A team that should really be concerned is Miami,” Magliulio stated. “You can’t like what you were seeing out of Tua last year.”

Zack Wilson
Zach Wilson
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Jets: Second-overall decide Zach Wilson is already going through rookie growing pains in observe. There’s a weak solid behind him: Mike White, James Morgan and Josh Johnson. 

“I think the Jets [will] be a bad team in preseason,” Lombardi stated. 

Lions: Rams reject Jared Goff is backed up by David Blough and Tim Boyle. 

Rams: Matthew Stafford won’t play a snap within the preseason, in keeping with coach Sean McVay. John Wolford is an efficient No. 2, however Bryce Perkins and Devlin Hodges will play rather a lot for McVay, who cares little about successful in August.

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